It has been almost a year of working from home in the pandemic. This time last year, I worked at an organization with a dedicated IT team, and took a 2 hour commute to and from our physical space. Now? I work at an organization with a dedicated IT team but on my own internet, my own computer, my own software licenses, and reliant on my own know how. The regular interruptions caused by keeping our household connected to work and school directly impact my ability to be a knowledge worker. Pick your poison. I expect we all have found…
What were the week’s top stories in legal tech and innovation? Find out today at 3 p.m. E.T. with Legaltech Week. Join us as our weekly roundtable of journalists and bloggers recap the top stories. We were off last week, so we have plenty of catching up to do. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Once you register for one, you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but usually includes: Nicole Black, legal technology…
Contract Management for real estate. The real estate sector is feeling the pressure as the market reinvents itself. Those firms that get their contract management in order will be agile and informed enough to make successful decisions. While there are no areas of the economic, social, or political spheres that have remained unaffected by the […] The post Why Contract Management Could Be the Steady Hand Real Estate Needs appeared first on Exigent.…
  On a brisk February morning in 2020, I schlepped my suitcase from my car to the train platform in Champaign, Illinois. The frost scrapings still clung to my windshield as they wouldn’t meet their fate of the morning sun for another hour. Three busy days in Chicago awaited me, filled with talks of innovation, engaging with new friends, and catching up with colleagues from around the country at the Women of Legal Tech Summit and the ABA TECHSHOW.   While we had already begun making plans to work remotely, I couldn’t have comprehended that this was going to be my last train trip to the office for the year. A growing news story about a faraway virus was about to change everything for everyone.  We all anticipated the complications of working from home, as organizations around…
  Attorneys in need of research assistance on pro bono matters can now partner with Illinois law school students through the new Illinois Pro Bono Research Alliance.   The free program was recently launched by the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), in an effort to make pro bono work easier for lawyers while offering law students an opportunity to develop experience and build their professional network.   Though new to Illinois, the Illinois Pro Bono Research Alliance is based on a similar and successful program launched at the University of Nebraska College of Law.  Attorney Participation   Attorneys who are interested in research assistance through…
In late February, the Illinois Supreme Court approved new temporary orders in response to an anticipated surge in evictions when state and federal eviction moratoriums come to an end.   Currently, the moratorium on eviction cases in Illinois expires on March 6; federal protections for renters lapse on March 31. Over 20,000 evictions are predicted in Chicago alone once Governor JB Pritzker’s moratorium is lifted, according to a forecast by the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing and the Center for Urban Research & Learning at Loyola University.  Encouraging ADR in eviction cases  The first order authorizes Illinois judicial circuits to establish early resolution programs to allow for alternative dispute resolution in eviction cases. Circuits are encouraged to develop…
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog EntryEach week of March ,   ILTA  will highlight a 2021 Influential Women In Legal Tech  List  Honoree in celebration of the U.S. National Women’s History Month.   Each Honoree has answered five questions and shared advice in order to get to know more about their accomplishments and initiatives.  Make sure to follow ILTA on Instagram and/or Twitter to hear their advice.   Rosemary is a lawyer working as a Public Policy Manager at Safaricom PLC, East Africa’s leading telecommunications [More]
From their inception in the 1970s and 1980s, state judicial performance evaluation (JPE) programs have been premised on the notion that judges should be evaluated on their adjudicative and administrative abilities rather than specific case outcomes. Central to that premise is collecting data from those who directly observe or interact with each judge. The most comprehensive JPE programs survey attorneys, jurors, litigants, witnesses, and court staff, seeking perspectives on the judge’s treatment of the parties, communication skills, courtroom demeanor, legal knowledge, and administrative skills. These surveys are supplemented with data on the judge’s docket management, as well as observations from…
As most of you know, beginning with the March lock down I started posting daily tips and did that for all of 2020. The most popular tip of the year was a fairly basic tip about reformatting Word documents and it pointed out how many Word users don’t know what all of those choices and buttons they see every day actually do. So I am sharing this one once again. Feel free to share the link below with someone you know who might need to know this. Removing Formatting from Word Documents (April 17, 2020)
I’ve written a number of times about SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which has been automating the firm’s legal expertise to create tools that businesses and individuals can use to make legal processes more efficient and affordable. Its first product, launched in 2019, automated compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act. Others have helped businesses comply with GDPR, create COVID-19 employment policies, safely return employees to work, and achieve diversity and inclusion, while another helped churches assess readiness to resume services. Now, in its latest…
Kristen Sonday, cofounder of the justice tech company Paladin, is among six partners who are today launching a venture fund designed to support startups founded by diverse and underrepresented individuals in Chicago. The fund, LongJump, is a first-check venture fund that will invest amounts averaging $100,000 in underrepresented ideas and founders, including founders of color or women. While the fund will not focus on any particular industry, Sonday told me that she hopes that legal tech and justice tech companies will apply. She also hopes the fund’s model will encourage others in legal tech to invest in…
Leopard Solutions which provides a leading competitive intelligence and business development  platform, has released their 2020 State of the Legal Industry Report which examines law firm hiring trends since the beginning of the pandemic. Webinar Today. They are also hosting  a webinar today Thursday March 4th at 12 PM. Register for the Legal Industry Annual Report Webinar at this link, Topics will include: The effects of COVID-19 on the legal industry Lateral hiring at the partner and associate levels among the top 200 law firms in 2020 Law firm mergers and acquisition activity Law firm growth trends over the past…
Last September, I wrote about the Canada-based entity management company Athennian, which had emerged from three years of quiet growth and development to announce an $8 million CAD Series A investment, on top of a previously unannounced $2 million CAD seed financing round. Today, Athennian is announcing that it has raised another $7 million CAD in Series A extension funding. This extension was led by Arthur Ventures, which also led the initial Series A, and was joined by two new investors, Touchdown Ventures — whose portfolio includes legal tech companies Casetext, LawGeex, LinkSquares, and Text IQ — and…
Attorney Sophia George has one strong suggestion for those looking to increase equity in the legal industry: Hire minority lawyers! In order to help individuals find diverse lawyers, Sophia joined in the project created by Jackson Walker Partner Chevazz Brown called DiversePro. The online database works to connect diverse lawyers with potential clients who are looking to find lawyers from communities where they share a culture, language, or life experience. With a starting list of 250,000 lawyers in the DiversePro database, Chevazz Brown created an environment for diverse lawyers to go in and claim their profile, or create a…
From : Blog Entry>>Kathleen’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post authored by Kathleen Jimenez, Information Governance Manager, White & Case LLP. Please Note: This blog is part of the Taming Unstructured Data series which includes the introduction and additional blog which you will find below in the related content.  Who keeps moving the copy center folder?  That was the question which transformed the way our Information Governance team supports and is cleaning up our Shared Drives spread throughout our firm. Anyone who [More]
We are looking for an energetic, self-starter who has a passion for building relationships with customers – existing and prospective. We are looking for someone to join the Fastcase Sales & Marketing team to work with external customers – existing and prospective – and the internal team to generate leads and provide a smart customer experience. This specific role will with all types of customers – law firms of all sizes, law schools, government and corporations – to support existing revenue and help build a pipeline for future revenue. We are looking for a team-player who’s excited to work alongside…